Translation:I want to go to the bathroom. I hope class ends soon!
"I want to go to the toilet, I hope class ends soon!"
Can someone explain why this is not acceptable?
It's because there should be multiple correct answers, but this course seems to only mark 1 very specific way of phrasing as correct. We should help them by reporting the alternative answers.
"一點" or "一點兒" is placed after an adjective ("快" in this case) to create a comparative adjective (which usually ends in "er"). Your answer is missing a comparative (i.e., "soon" should be something like "faster", "more quickly", "quicker", or "sooner").
A simple description of this grammar is at https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/Comparing_%22youdian%22_and_%22yidian%22#Usage_of_.E4.B8.80.E7.82.B9. It was also covered in a previous Duolingo lesson.
British English: "I want to go to the toilet, I wish the lesson ended sooner."
Very unnatural English. We would never say "sooner", very awkward. Simply "soon" is correct. cough cough duolingo, people have been commenting on this for over a year.
Me too. I just put "soon" and got marked wrong. At first "sooner" seems to be a "non comparative comparative" so just wrong. But then since it's something being wished for I thought it does actually feel a bit like a subjunctive or counterfactual.
But for that to really sound natural I think it requires something like "would":
I want to go to the bathroom. I wish the class would end sooner!
See my reply to m.edrez.
Plus you can think of it as "sooner than expected". You might already know that class won't end "soon", but you want it to end sooner anyway.
In this sentence, the past tense "ended" is used for describing a hypothetical situation instead of a past event. Quote from this website: "The past tense is sometimes used in English to refer to an unreal situation. So, although the verb tense is in the past, we are actually talking about something that didn't happen."
"sooner" is improper English. It'd take really unnatural verbal contortions to fabricate a sentence where "sooner" would fit.
'finishes' not accepted in place of 'ends'. Sigh. Reported. It's taken me about seven goes to get this "correct".
Its been months since this tree came out and there has been almost no improvement in any lessons, especially after the second checkpoint. This tree is lackluster at best and it frustrates me greatly because there are genuinely good trees and communities on Duolingo. This is EASILY the worst. The Japanese tree has less stuff, but at least they have more than one accepted answer.
Nah it's slowly getting better. Some lessons still have a lot of catching up to do though. I'd say I've found about the same level of lustre lacking on several courses.
"I wish the class ended sooner" is a strange English tense choice for this sentence. It sounds like someone remembering a past event. Better a conditional like "I wish the class would end sooner", or "I wish the class would finish soon". Duo Chinese needs a native speaker review.
I have to assume you're not a native English speaker. This is the universal way all English speakers express this kind of counterfactual. It's akin to the subjunctive or konjunktiv of other European languages. Hence it's not a "tense" in this case, but a "mood".
On the contrary, I'm a native (Australian) English speaker - my parents were from England and Scotland and my mother taught English. This sentence sounds stilted to me. So I agree with 'wojiaoangyi'.
Interesting. I'm also a native (Australian) English speaker.
To me, "I hope the class ends sooner" begs a comparison. Sooner than yesterday, sooner than something else ends, etc.
On the other hand, "I wish the class ended sooner" sounds like the perfectly grammatical way to express a desire for something other than what is currently the case. In American English the more common modern alternative seems to be "I wish the class would end sooner", which also sounds fine to me, whereas other forms of counterfactuals using "would have" in American English sound wrong to me. (Things like "If I would've left earlier I wouldn't be late.")
It would be really interesting if you could ask your mother about it and get back to us with what she has to say.
Can't substitute toilet for bathroom? How about substituting monkeys for the contributors??